Nadia Hashimi
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Nadia Hashimi

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable . . . freedom that will transform her forever.


But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same way—the change took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king’s palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams. What will happen once Rahima is old enough to marry? How long can Shekiba pass as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

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Thomas Ryan
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Thomas Ryan

Lee is Trapped, and Must Be Taken

Countless books have examined the battle of Gettysburg, but the retreat of the armies to the Potomac River and beyond has not been as thoroughly covered. “Lee is Trapped, and Must be Taken”: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg: July 4 to July 14, 1863, by Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus goes a long way toward rectifying this oversight.

This comprehensive study focuses on the immediate aftermath of the battle and addresses how Maj. Gen. George G. Meade organized and motivated his Army of the Potomac in response to President Abraham Lincoln’s mandate to bring about the “literal or substantial destruction” of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s retreating Army of Northern Virginia. As far as the president was concerned, if Meade aggressively pursued and confronted Lee before he could escape across the flooded Potomac River, “the rebellion would be over.”

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Walter Curran
Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

Walter Curran

On to Africa

On To Africa follows the exploits of a young man, William Connolly. Growing up in South Boston Irish Catholic, Connolly graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, got his first job as the Third Mate on Moore- McCormack line freighter MorMacPride sailing to South America only to discover larceny, smuggling and murder among the crew members.

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Jason Ranck
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Jason Ranck

Life Reimagined: Leave Chaos, Behind Find Balance, Thrive

Does your life feel out of balance? Hectic? Too busy? Did you set goals for your life once upon a time but now find them too far-off, improbable, even unattainable?

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Nancy Sherman
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Nancy Sherman

More Sandy Shorts

The long-awaited follow-up to the award-winning Sandy Shorts, More Sandy Shorts features another collection of beach reads set in the Delmarva region. No one captures bad dogs, bad men, and bad luck like Nancy Sherman. Whether it’s twin terrors challenging a nanny on the ferry or hula-dancing Yorkies stealing the scene at the Sea Witch Festival, a couple rekindling romance on Fenwick Island or a seagull unlocking hope for a military widow, these stories will have you laughing, crying, and wanting more. A masterful storyteller, Sherman captures the essence of beach life in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Cape May, and Chincoteague.

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J.R. Miller
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

J.R. Miller

Towers on the Beach

A German saboteur landed from a German submarine on the shores of Bethany Beach in 1942. He makes his way to a farm on Woodland Avenue owned by German sympathizers and frees a German scientist who is a prisoner at the POW camp in Bear Trap, Delaware. He makes his way back to Germany but during his brief stay in Ocean View, he meets and falls in love with a young women who also has a farm on Woodland Avenue.

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Irelynn Farrington
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Irelynn Farrington

The Perfect Unicorn

The Perfect Unicorn is a children’s book written by an imaginative 12-year-old author, Irelynn Farrington. The story involves an evil troll who searches for the perfect unicorn to provide him with the power to rule the land but kidnaps a princess and other unicorns instead. A knight must save the day, but how? This “magically ever after” conclusion is a must tell story for children all over the world.

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Steven Hartov
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Steven Hartov

The Soul of a Thief

As the end of World War Two nears, a young German soldier concealing his Jewish heritage plots an escape from his commander and the war – and plans to bring his commander’s mistress with him.

In the Spring of 1944, I realized that I was not going to survive the war….

Shtefan Brandt, adjutant to a colonel of the Waffen SS, has made it through the war so far in spite of his commander’s habit of bringing his staff into battle and in spite of the heritage that he has so far managed to conceal. Instead, his growing interest in his commander’s mistress may be the end of him, were Colonel Erich Himmel to notice.

Colonel Himmel has other concerns, however. He can see the war’s end on the horizon and recognizes that he is not on the winning side, no matter what the reports from Hitler’s generals may say. So he has taken matters into his own hands, hatching a plan to escape Europe and the Allies only after stealing a fortune from them.

A fortune which Shtefan, in turn, plans to steal from him….

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Steve O'Farrell
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Steve O'Farrell

Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball

Simone LaFray had never questioned one thing - the character of her father. A fourth generation chocolatier and proprietor of a world famous patisserie, in her eyes he could do no wrong. However, her eyes were trained to see everything that was wrong. A covert agent with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this extraordinary 12-year-old was living a double life, walking in the veiled footprints of her mother, icing eclairs, dusting pastries, and darting between the shadows. What could be sweeter? When a notorious thief returns to Paris seeking revenge against her mother, a series of unforeseen and potentially devastating events ensue, leaving Simone to question everything. Her father can’t be the man they say he is, can he? Her concealed life is evaporating, the store hangs in the balance . . . and did I mention she needs a ball gown? Life in a French patisserie may not be as sweet as you thought. Simone LaFray and the Chocolatier’s Ball pulls the invisible girl out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Is she ready?

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Dennis McKay
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Dennis McKay

Bethany Blue

Keggers at the ocean guards' ramshackle house, fun in the sun at Whiskey Beach, and a raucous good time at the Bottle and Cork all contribute to Terri Landers's summer of fun. The year is 1977, and Terri and her best friend, Veronica, are lifeguards at a community pool in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Life's a blast until the weekend of the Fourth when heartbreak and treachery change not only the course of Terri's summer but also the direction of her life's journey. Along the way we meet a cast of characters from Black Bart and the Rally Crew, an ensemble of beer-bellied party animals, to Joe Bock, a high-voltage DJ who emcees a hilarious wet T-shirt contest, and, of course, the nostalgic youthful glow of summer at the shore back in the day.

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Robin Riding Story Time
Jul
31
10:00 AM10:00

Robin Riding Story Time

Mermaids Fast Sleep

A stunning and lyrical bedtime picture book that looks at how mermaids sleep in the sea.

Do you suppose, way down deep,
there are mermaids fast asleep?


Written in a gentle, lyrical style that mirrors a lullaby, Mermaids Fast Asleep asks the question that young children have maybe asked before bedtime: Are there mermaids asleep in the sea?

As our young human gazes into the water, her imagination wanders as she pictures the life that young mermaids live in the sea. Do they count fish instead of sheep? Do they breathe water like air?

The book begins just at dusk as the sky is still Starbust oranges and pinks. And as the book moves on, the colors deepen to blues, greens, and purples until the sky is inky as night and a silvery moon magically glows.

Paired with stunning art from Zoe Persico, Mermaids Fast Asleep is a must-have bedtime book for young mermaid fans.

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Tiffany Schmidt
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story

The second book in a series where your favorite literary characters come to life, inspired by the timeless classic, Little Women!

There’s no one better than the boy next door. At least not according to Aurora Campbell, fourteen, who has been in love with Tobias May since their very first sandbox kiss. The problem is, he’s in love with her older sister, Merrilee. And Merri is already dating one of his best friends.

Rory is learning all about pining as her class reads The Great Gatsby, a book she doesn’t find “great” at all. Also not great—her GPA, something she needs to fix, quickly, if she’d like to apply for the chance to spend a week studying art with her hero in New York City over winter break. But when Ms. Gregoire assigns her to read Little Women for extra credit, Rory discovers more than she expected—both about herself and Toby. Maybe she wasn’t in love with the boy next door. . . but the boy next story.

Love is complicated, and it’s all about to get even trickier for Rory at Reginald R. Hero Prep . . . where with the help of one quirky English teacher, students’ fantasies come true, often with surprising consequences.

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Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Meet Me in Monaco

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances.

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Jon McGoran
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Jon McGoran

Splintered

In the second installment of the SPLICED series, sixteen-year-old Jimi Corcoran risks her life to clear a friend’s name—and uncovers the horrific truth about one of the most powerful men in the world.

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Michael Morgan
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Morgan

Deadly Storms of the Delmarva Coast

Coastal Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have always been vulnerable to the power of storms. In the early nineteenth century, storm-driven shipwrecks led to the construction of the Delaware breakwater. In 1933, a storm created an inlet on the south edge of Ocean City and changed the character of the Maryland resort. The Ash Wednesday nor'easter of 1962 devastated oceanfront communities, led to the creation of beach replenishment projects that pushed the ocean back from the new multimillion-dollar buildings that sat on the sand and spurred the creation of Assateague Island National Seashore. Michael Morgan narrates the stories of these storms and reminds us of the power of wind and water.

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Sharon Neff
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Sharon Neff

Until It Wasn't


In Until it Wasn't, Sharon Neff chronicles the experience of her husband's cancer journey with raw acuity, detailing each moment from the time of diagnosis through the onslaught of emotions after his death. It is a love story cut short.

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Kristy Woodson Harvey
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Kristy Woodson Harvey

The Southern Side of Paradise

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

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Cindy Callaghan
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Cindy Callaghan

Just Add Magic: Potion Problems

Kelly Quinn and her friends must figure out a way to save a beloved local store and find their infamous Secret Recipe Book, which has gone missing in this sequel to Just Add Magic (the inspiration for the family-friendly TV series)!

Kelly Quinn and her friends must figure out a way to save a beloved local store and find their infamous Secret Recipe Book, which has gone missing in this sequel to Just Add Magic (the inspiration for the family-friendly TV series)!

Kelly Quinn and her best friends, Darbie and Hannah, are having the worst day ever! Their Secret Recipe Book accidentally gets included in frenemy, Charlotte’s used book drive. Not good.
As if that’s not enough, the girls find out that their cooking program is on the chopping block at school, thanks to big budget cuts.

Kelly & Company decide to take matters into their own hands and apply for famous TV chef Felice Foudini’s Recipe Challenge. The prize? $10,000 and webisodes on Felice’s site. With the Book and the special ingredients from their beloved mentor, Senora Perez’s, store LaCucina, the girls are sure to win.

But when they turn to Senora Perez, for help, they discover La Cucina is in danger of closing!

Then Kelly gets a mysterious delivery—a package with the missing Secret Recipe Book with a note: “From KE.” KE is one of the Book’s authors, but who is KE exactly?

It’s up to Kelly, Darbie, and Hannah to get to the bottom of the mystery, save the cooking program, and help Senora P. keep her store!

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Billie Kowalewski
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Billie Kowalewski

Divided

All Kaleb had to do was wait. Wait until I was done with my new job and I would have gone with him to Earth. That was the plan we had agreed too. Well, somewhere along the way he changed his mind and left for Earth not telling me. Now, he is on Earth, living his life as Curtis Parker, suffering a very dark depression and can't remember why. Thanks to the barrier hidden deep inside his mind he can't remember who he really is, or being in love with me. If he did, maybe he wouldn't have tried to end his life

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Megan Miranda
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Megan Miranda

The Last House Guest

From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, a suspenseful new novel about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own—and her best “summer” friend, who is trying to uncover the truth…before fingers point her way.

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Andrew Shaffer
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Andrew Shaffer

Hope Rides Again

In the sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel Hope Never Dies, Obama and Biden reprise their roles as BFFs-turned-detectives as they chase Obama’s stolen cell phone through the streets of Chicago—and right into a vast conspiracy.

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